Nothing in excess

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Otherwise, I’ll stick to my usual topics of stress relief, how to have a happier life and better relationships.

The past two days I’ve talked about “Know thyself” from the ancient Greek temple at Delphi, a concept which has been said in many ways throughout history. Shakespeare gave Hamlet the words: “To thine own self be true.”

There was a second phrase written over the gateway to the ancient temple at Delphi:

“Nothing in excess.”

Another way of stating this is to say “everything in moderation.”  When it comes to living a life of abundance in all areas — as so many of us strive for — you might feel that a warning against excess is out of place, or old-fashioned.

Actually, the advice is something I feel we can all learn from.

  • Avoid getting so single-minded about a particular goal that you neglect other aspects of your life that are important
  • Excess in physical pleasures, including food and drink, distracts the soul from fulfilling your purpose in life
  • Practicing moderation helps you keep your life in balance so you can feel satisfied and happy

What ways can you see to use this very old advice “Nothing in excess”?

your happiness guru,

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